Alan Dalton post's birding diaries and original artwork from Sweden. Established in 2006, this now long running blog is now a complete overview of my birding experiences. As an artist I greatly enjoy sketching birds in the field and you will find a wide selection of that work here, from fieldwork to finished paintings. I am very passionate about my artwork and try to depict birds in their natural habitat, as I see them in the wild. My artwork is for sale and can be viewed at
As regards to my photography, since 2008 I have used a Nikon D90 DSLR camera coupled with a Sigma 150-500mm OS lens for since March 2012 for bird photography, all previous images being digiscoped. Regarding sound recording, I have been usung a Telinga Stereo Dat Mic and parabol to record birds in the field, coupled to a Marrantz 661 digital recorder, a superb piece of kit. Interest in butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies has recently seen the accquisition of a Sigma 150mm macro lens. I hope you enjoy the blog and please feel free to leave comments or contact me at

Monday, January 08, 2007

Arctic Redpoll; Landsort; 8th January 2007

The only half decent photo I managed of Arctic Redpoll today, this is a first winter bird. Display lovely clean white rump and undertail coverts. Difficult birds to pick out, just a little frostier on the upperparts in general, though only subtle difference and many Mealies displayed simular upperparts within the flock. Flanks quite clean and whitish, but again a few Mealies showed simular plumage. Bill a very good feature and was noticably smaller than that of all the Mealies present. The straight edge to the culmen noticable here in the photo but is tricky to determine in the field and requires careful scrutiny.